I grew up in Southern Utah surrounded by mountains and streams.  The area was teaming with wildlife.  It was there I gained a great interest in, and appreciation of  the outdoors.  Not influenced by video games and the other distractions the youth of today face I found myself exploring the streams and foothills that that surrounded my home.  Always having an interest in drawing I found myself documenting the things I seen.  It wasn’t until high school that I began to look at art as a possible career.  I spent those early years drawing the animals I was familiar with which consisted mostly of deer and fish.  After a 2 year mission for the LDS church I attended Snow College for a short period of time.  After a semester there I wasn’t sure if further education in art was for me.  It only took me a year on my own to realize that couldn’t be further from the truth. Growing up I was impressed by the works of several artist who’s works adorned the covers of hunting and outdoor magazines and it was after meeting and receiving an invitation by one of those artist, Leon Parson, to attend Ricks College that I took the first real steps forward to achieving my goal of becoming an artist.  After 3 years at Ricks College I transferred to Utah State and finished with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  I have spent the past 20 years working as a full time Wildlife Artist and Illustrator.  It has been a wonderful and adventurous road so far and I look forward to what the future brings.